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To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth Germain
[ed.] "Lady Elizabeth Germain (1680-1769), daughter of the Earl of Berkeley was a lifelong friend of Swift and Pope." (Tucker [1992], 217) (AH)
, upon seeing her do a generous Action. Written as from the Person reliev'd.

1 When Ruin threaten'd me of late,
2 With all its ghastly Train;
3 Some Pow'r, in Pity to my Fate,
4 Sent bountiful Germain,
5 Her Soul is mov'd with my Distress,
6 And kind Compassion shows;
7 That gen'rous Hand, long us'd to bless,
8 Quick mitigates my Woes.
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9 Thrice happy Fair! indulgent Heav'n
10 To Thee was doubly kind:
11 To others only Hearts are giv'n;
12 Thy Fortune suits thy Mind.

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Title (in Source Edition): To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth Germain, upon seeing her do a generous Action. Written as from the Person reliev'd.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: charity
Genres: address
References: DMI 970

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1734, pp. 116-117. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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